“We have seen people have an onset of psychosis and even brain damage from that exposure to that high concentration of THC.”
~Special Agent in Charge Gary Hill of the San Diego Drug Enforcement Agency
With the legalization of marijuana in California, there also needs to come the knowledge of the hazards that are out there. Legalization means increased access, and one of the more dangerous ways to consume cannabis is by “marijuana wax”, and exceedingly-powerful cannabis product that can contain up to 99.7% THC.
Twenty years ago, the average potency of marijuana was only around 4% THC.
Speaking to ABC News, one undercover DEA informant said, “There is no weed out there that possesses the punching power that the wax does. And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”
This is NOT a good thing.
The Hazards of Marijuana Wax
Bruce Rick, Director of the Drug Information Systems at New Jersey Poison Control, said, “Marijuana wax is NOT marijuana. There is an extremely bad hallucinatory side effect.”
The manufacture of marijuana wax involves using aerosol butane or compressed CO2 to draw concentrated THC from the resin of the buds and leaves of female cannabis plants, resulting in a waxy, yellow-green material. Because of this, wax has been called the “meth of marijuana”.
- The higher concentration THC means greater changes to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, increasing the likelihood of addiction.
- Psychotic breaks
- Tactile sensations of bugs crawling on and under the skin
- Worsening or triggering of schizophrenia
- Wax made with butane can create black spots similar to “miner’s lung”
Marijuana wax is very popular with teenagers, because the preferred method of consumption is with a vaporizing device. Use of a vaping pen eliminates the telltale smell of marijuana.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has said regular marijuana use can result in a significant drop in IQ, even if the person quits. This is especially true for teenagers, because their brains are still physically developing during adolescence.
Addiction medicine expert Dr. JoAn Laes, of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota, says, “People don’t understand that the high THC content can lead to the intense psychological and physical effects, more than what they are expecting.”
Marijuana wax is extremely powerful and dangerous. If you or someone you care about is abusing marijuana wax or any other addictive substance, contact Lasting Recovery today to find out what can be done to help you return to a safer daily life.
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